Scholarship Opportunities at ACU 

At ACU, we offer a number of scholarship and grant opportunities to our undergraduate residential students each year based on academic achievement, community service, leadership, financial need, and other factors, too.

In fact, high school students can begin exploring what their scholarship potential looks like at ACU through RaiseMe, a free micro-scholarship platform! All high school students are invited to sign up and begin earning scholarships as early as their freshman year. For more information, and to get started, visit ACU’s RaiseMe site to create your profile!

Next, spend some time on this page to learn about opportunities and programs that are designed to reward you for your academic accomplishments, your dedication to improving the community around you and other exceptional achievements!

The scholarship and grant opportunities listed below are available to students enrolling at ACU’s residential campus in Abilene.

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ACU Academic Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Merit-Based Awards for the 2021-2022 School Year

All students admitted to ACU are considered for scholarships based on their application. Awards range up to $19,000 per year and are determined by the following:

  • ACT/SAT/CLT Superscore*
  • Core GPA
  • Overall Class Rank**

*Students who choose to apply test-optional will still be considered for scholarships. However, the Presidential Scholarship will not be awarded without a test score. 

**If your school does not provide class rank, your core GPA will be used twice.

Award Name

Annual Amount

 GPA Renewal Requirement

Royce L. Money Chancellor's Award $19,000    3.0 GPA
John C. Stevens Award $17,000    3.0 GPA
A.B. Barret Award $16,000    2.5 GPA
Dean's Award $13,000    2.5 GPA
University Award $10,000    2.5 GPA

*You will receive notification of your academic scholarship in your acceptance packet.

Presidential Scholarship
The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate a high level of involvement in extracurricular activities, have a history of being chosen for leadership positions, who participate in faith-based settings and who excel academically.

 Students must submit an official test score (ACT/SAT/CLT) to be considered. Eligible students will be invited to apply. 

Honors Fellow Scholarship
The Honors Fellow Scholarship is one of ACU's highest honors. To qualify for consideration, recipients must be named Presidential Scholars and be admitted to the Honors College. If you would like to be considered for the Honors Fellow Scholarship, click here to apply to the ACU Honors College by March 1.

College Board National Recognition Programs
Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT and are African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous or attend school in a rural area or small town, may be invited by the College Board to apply for academic recognition as part of the College Board National Recognition Programs. ACU will award an additional scholarship up to $6,000 per year for four years to students recognized through any of these programs. This scholarship may be used in addition to other ACU scholarships and grants up to full tuition but cannot be applied towards room and board expenses.

Provide your College Board National Recognition Program Certificate to your Admissions Counselor to claim this award. 

National Merit Finalists, Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars*
All National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists are guaranteed full-tuition, when coordinated with federal, state and institutional grants, to attend ACU. Additionally, these students are provided with a $1,500 stipend, per year, that can be used to help cover the costs of room, board and/or books.

National Merit Commended Scholars are awarded an additional $2,000 scholarship, per year, that stacks with their merit-based award.

No application is required. Provide a copy of your National Merit Certificate to your Admissions Counselor to claim this award.

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship
ACU offers graduating valedictorians and salutatorians a $1,000 scholarship, in addition to their merit-based award. Submit your official high school transcript to receive this one-year scholarship.

Need-Based Grants

To be considered for need-based grants, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1st of your senior year of high school. The FAFSA will be used to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Once ACU receives your FAFSA, you will be considered for need-based federal, state and institutional grants. Need-based grants will be communicated to students on their award letters, which are sent to admitted students in the spring, each year.

Additional ACU Scholarship Opportunities for Incoming Freshmen

Servant-Leader Scholarships*
All first-time, incoming students are invited to apply for ACU’s Cultures of ACU Scholarship and Community Servant-Leader Award. Recipients must demonstrate leadership skills as well as a passion for diversity and equality.

Cultures of ACU recipients are expected to enhance the academic, social and spiritual environment around them by sharing their unique cultural backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Community Servant-Leader Award recipients are expected to be servant-minded students who demonstrate strong leadership potential, the ability to succeed academically and the desire to promote a multicultural society.

Students who complete this application once will be considered for each of the scholarship opportunities above. This application is open from November 1 until March 1. Recipients of either award must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at ACU, attend weekly meetings and fulfill a community service commitment each semester. 

Click here to start your application today!

Onstead Scholarship*
First-time incoming freshman students, who are dependent children of full-time Church of Christ ministers, are able to apply for this endowed scholarship, created by Bob and Kay Onstead.

Click here to complete your application today! This application will close March 1.

Scouting Scholarship
ACU offers a $1,000 scholarship for students who have obtained any of the following achievements through the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts USA: Eagle Scout, Venturing Silver, Sea Scouting Quartermaster, Gold Award or the American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes.

This scholarship is renewable annually, for up to four years. Click here to complete your application and to upload your scouting certificate.

Engineering & Physics Experiential Learning Award*
The Engineering & Physics (E&P) Experiential Learning Award is a scholarship offered to incoming freshmen who are interested in helping to lead the department in experiential learning opportunities and also take on a student leadership role within the department. Scholarship applicants must declare a major in either Engineering or Physics. You will have the opportunity to serve in many ways such as student panelist, activity facilitators, event coordinators, guest speakers, tour guides, student liaisons, outreach event participants, and other positions for the E&P Department.

Click here to complete your application today!

SITC Scholarship
The School of Information Technology and Computing awards scholarships in varying amounts to a select number of incoming freshmen and transfer students each year. Scholarship applicants must declare a major in Computer Science, Computer Science/Math Teaching or Digital Entertainment Technology (DET).

Click here to complete your application today!

Other Scholarships, Grants and Benefit Opportunities

ACU is a member of the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. Athletic scholarships vary in amount and are determined by the NCAA and head coach of each sport. To inquire about availability, complete a prospect questionnaire.

Bible, Missions and Ministry Scholarship*
Students majoring in Bible and Ministry or Ministry and Vocation are eligible to apply for the Bible, Missions and Ministry scholarship.

Click here to complete your application today!

Christian Colleges*
All dependent Children of full-time employees at Church of Christ Universities are guaranteed a minimum of 50% off of tuition, when coordinated with other institutional aid.

Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information.

Church Match
ACU will match church gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $500 per year. Simply complete our church match form and submit it, with payment, to your admissions counselor.

Click here to access the Church Match Scholarship form.

Missionary Dependent*
Children of full-time Church of Christ supported missionaries, serving in a foreign field, are guaranteed 75% off of tuition, when combined with all other gift aid from federal, state and institutional sources.

Click here to access the Missionary Dependent form.

Music Scholarships
Scholarships are available for all students from the music department for the Bands, Choirs, and Orchestra, as well as participation scholarships for the Big Purple Marching Band.

Click here for more information.

NCSA and Christian School Partners Faculty/Staff Scholarship*
All dependent children of full-time employees of the National Christian School Association (NSCA) member schools are eligible to apply for this scholarship. This scholarship is valued at $5,000 per year for up to four years.

Click here to complete your application today!

NCSA and Christian School Partner Scholarship  
Students who graduate from a Christian school partner or a school in the National Christian Schools Association (NCSA) are eligible to apply for this scholarship. This scholarship is valued at $1,000 per year for up to four years.

Click here to complete your application today!

Tuition Exchange Programs*
ACU participates in the Tuition Exchange (TE) program, as well as the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) program. These are tuition benefit exchange programs between ACU and partner institutions.

Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information.

Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits
If you plan to use a VA benefit, or if you are a dependent of a servicemember who plans to transfer their benefit to you, begin the process of exploring your benefit options by visiting our Veterans Affairs web page. On the Veterans Affairs web page, you will notice there is an overview of benefit programs, Frequently Asked Questions and a Veterans Information Sheet, which is required each year for all students who plan to use VA Benefits at ACU.

Benefits eligibility questions are fundamentally the responsibility of the Veterans Administration. Questions about qualifications, amounts of benefit and months of eligibility may be directed to the VA website or by calling 1-888-442-4551.

Rio Grande Valley Scholarship*
The Rio Grande Valley Scholarship is awarded to outstanding students from the Texas Rio Grande Valley area. 

Click here to apply. 

Abilene and Big Country Scholarship*
The Abilene and Big Country Scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school students from the Abilene and Big Country region. Applicants must be a resident of one of the following Texas counties: Brown, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Comanche, Concho, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Irion, Jones, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Young. 

Click here to complete your application today! Preference will be given to applications received by March 1.


*To be eligible for these scholarships, we require that each prospective student submits the FAFSA and lists ACU as a school to receive this information.